The PBA was founded in 1985, and became an accredited center with Pearson Education in 2006. Since 2006, the PBA is the ONLY LEGITIMATLY registered U.K. non-profit organization seeking to further the profession, those who engage in it, and the public interest. The PBA is accredited to deliver all its training courses internationally.
Because of our standing with Pearson Education, we are also allowed to offer “Recognition of Prior Learning” (RPL) programs to those with prior training and experience. The PBA licensed linked qualifications i.e. BTEC/Pearson Level 3 Working as a Close Protection Operative in the Private Security Industry (QCF) and AOFAQ Level 3 First Person on Scene Intermediate (RQF) are both registered with The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL).
OFQUAL is a non-ministerial government department that regulates qualifications, exams and tests in the U.K. OFQUAL is often referred to as the exam “watchdog”. This register verifies the legality and legitimacy of all Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) and Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) courses.
OFQUAL & the European Qualification Framework act as validators of a qualification licensed status within the European Union member states by searching the European Qualification Framework.
When you apply for a Close Protection License you must show that you have had the training required of a licensed operative. This means that you must hold the Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry. The PBA is accredited by Pearson Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC), one of the largest and most respected educational accrediting organizations in the world. The PBA IS THE ONLY PEARSON ACCREDITED TRAINING PROVIDER LICENSED TO PROVIDE THE LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE IN THE UNITED STATES.
“RPL” stand for “Recognition of Prior Learning”. It means that PBA has the approval of our accrediting organization, Pearson Education, to recognize the legitimate training and experience of those in the industry seeking further qualifications and licensure. In other words, those who have previous legitimate training and experience may not have to complete the entire BTEC Level 3 Certificate Course, but only those sections lacking in their previous training and experience. This means less time and less cost for the student.
*Note, however, that as the PBA training course is an academic course backed by Pearson Education, even RPL students will need to complete all required written and practical testing, including a completed practical exam and final workbook.
The PBA has cross mapped the training provided by the Executive Protection Institute’s Providing Executive Protection Program to our own requirements, if you have completed the Providing Executive Protection Program, you simply need to send proof of attendance to qualify for a RPL Program.
If you trained with another provider, you will need to apply for the RPL Program by submitting your resume, training certificates, and all information of the curriculum of the courses you have attended to the PBA for review.
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